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Have vaccine passport, will travel

Have vaccine passport, will travel

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: China, where the COVID-19 pandemic began a long year ago, has now become the first country in the world to issue a vaccine passport to promote world economic recovery and facilitate cross-border travel. China’s foreign ministry has said the international health certificate is currently available only to its citizens. It is […]

Entrée for lab-grown meat

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: Lost in the unending stream of news about the COVID-19 pandemic is the recent report that Singapore has just approved lab-grown meat for human consumption. The approval was granted by the Singapore Food Agency to US food company Eat Just for their cultured ‘chicken bites’.  The company called this a watershed […]

To be or not to be (vaccinated) – That is the question!

To be or not to be (vaccinated) – That is the question!

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: The double good news is that vaccine hesitancy is going down as the Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out in the United States, Canada and Europe. A recent global survey shows that majority of the world’s population is now willing to take the vaccines. The survey involving 13,426 respondents in 19 […]

It all began in Wuhan: An inside story

It all began in Wuhan: An inside story

 By Crispin Maslog Chair of the Board, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)  WUHAN: “Around 9:30 a.m. on 22 January 2020, my brother and I were walking on the street to the library in Wuhan,” Ling Zhu said. Ling is a young Chinese from Wuhan who just finished her master’s degree in English and […]

Time for scientists to speak up and be heard

Time for scientists to speak up and be heard

By Crispin Maslog ‘Science communication, however, is not a one-way street. The public, on the other hand, should start taking science and scientists seriously.’ MANILA: Science and scientists are being viewed more positively by people across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the US, and other regions and countries as the COVID-19 pandemic peaks. Yet, ironically, despite the […]

Glasses can change the future of a billion people

Glasses can change the future of a billion people

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king, so the saying goes. Of the world’s 7.8 billion people, 2.2 billion have impaired vision. Of this number, about half are treatable. In effect, they are one-eyed kings who are better off than the 39 million who are completely blind. Nevertheless, […]

Poachers endanger South-East Asia’s rich biodiversity

Poachers endanger South-East Asia’s rich biodiversity

By Crispin Maslog LOS BAÑOS: Most days, except when it rains, I take regular one-hour walks along the lower end of the 4,244-hectare sloping campus of the College of Forestry, University of the Philippines Los Baños. The campus is at the heart of the Makiling Forest Reserve, which is a world centre for plant biodiversity. […]

The science and economics of COVID-19 vaccines

The science and economics of COVID-19 vaccines

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: A mad race to produce a vaccine against COVID-19 has begun with the world’s superpowers leading the pack. At stake are millions of lives and billions of dollars. Among the frontrunners is the US with its futuristic-sounding Operation Warp Speed. Europe and China also have their own leading candidate vaccines. As […]

Coping with COVID-19 news fatigue

Coping with COVID-19 news fatigue

  By Crispin Maslog Chair of the Board, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Manila MANILA: Media fatigue from months of intense COVID-19 coverage affects vital public communication. Media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing full blast for more than half the year by July, seems to have hit a bump. There are indications that people […]

Asia-Pacific nations lean to green energy instead of nuclear

The region should follow the Philippines’ lead and focus on renewable, not nuclear power. A year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, questions remain over the role of nuclear power in the developing world, including South-East Asia and the Pacific. Nuclear power had a renaissance, driven by rapidly growing energy demands, and fading memories of high-profile […]

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